The inaugural edition of Xcite, an entrepreneurship and innovation conference for women, will be held next month at the Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel. The conference is being presented by the University of Connecticut School of Business and the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Xcite will include workshops on several topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation, including negotiation, networking, innovative problem-solving and next-generation financing.
“Women-owned businesses make up 30 percent of the companies in our country, and one in three of them are minority-women owned,’’ said UConn associate dean Sulin Ba. “Our state has targeted health care/bioscience, insurance and financial service, advanced manufacturing, digital media, tourism and green technology as areas of priority in workplace investment. We hope the Xcite conference will promote new opportunities for women entrepreneurs in these areas, and beyond.”
Opening remarks will be made by Margaret M. Keane, CEO and president of Stamford-based Synchrony Financial. The keynote luncheon speaker will be Kathryn Friedrich, head of global monetization at YouTube, who will discuss the importance of applying an entrepreneurial mindset in an innovative business environment.
Xcite will take place on Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the hotel, located at 2701 Summer St. in Stamford. Tickets are $75 and include continental breakfast, lunch and workshops. For more information, visit Xcite.business.uconn.edu or contact Katherine Ruiz at 203-251-8465.